1 of 3 cool things: The Fourth River

At least a dozen fascinating people doing extraordinary work caught my attention at the Kenyon Review Literary Festival. A few of you have asked, so for the next three days, I’ll share three examples of their labor with you. Heads up to David B. Coe, who’s reading and will love this one.

The Fourth River

The kids from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, decided at the last minute to participate in the literary festival held at Kenyon College last week. Consequently, all accommodations near Gambier, Ohio, were booked, they told me, so they found a place to stay in Columbus. I enjoyed the warmth of their enthusiasm so much, I would have opened my doors to them had I known they were in town. Let’s hope they found their way to the Arena District so they could have some fun.

The Fourth RiverChatham is a women’s college with a coeducational program of graduate studies. Its Rachel Carson Institute is named for the university’s noted alumna. The students I met in Gambier were promoting The Fourth River, Chatham’s fine literary journal, which is devoted in a broad sense to nature, environmental, and travel writing.

Chuck Rybak’s poem in a recent issue of The Fourth River was quickly bookmarked on del.icio.us for blog readers who, in the past, have asked me to leave a digital trail to the good stuff. For the same reason, I was impressed to note Chatham’s website links to examples of its current students’ creative work.

By the way, also present at the festival was M. Scott Douglass, managing editor of Main Street Rag, who will soon release a book of Chuck Rybak’s poetry.

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